DGP's Red Beacon Light Turns Blue
By R Prince Jebakumar | Published: 07th January 2014 07:38 AM |
Taking the lead in complying with the recent Supreme Court directive on VVIPs using red beacon lights, Director General of Police (Law & Order) K Ramanujam has changed his official car beacon light to blue. Till now, his car had a red beacon, though he never allowed it to flash while travelling.
In 2008, the Home department had specified that 19 categories of dignitaries in the State could use red beacons. They included Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, High Court Chief Justice, High Court Judges, Legislative Assembly Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, State Ministers, Advocate-General, Chief Secretary, Director-General of Police (DGP), Chairman of the Legislative Council, State Election Commissioner, Chairman of the Advisory Board constituted under the NSA and under the Tamil Nadu Act 14 of 1982 (Goondas Act), the Nawab of Arcot and pilot and escort vehicles.
While the Supreme Court changed the rules of the game in December last, the State government is yet to revise its list. The SC, in its order, gave a three-month window for suitably amending the Central Motor Vehicles Act and the corresponding State laws.
Sources said, the DGP took a tentative decision to switch to blue because “the Supreme Court order suggested that the men in uniform who require unhindered access to the roads for performance of their duty were not entitled to have red lights.
They could opt for lights of other colours, like blue, white or multicoloured,” a senior police official said.
Last week, Additional DGP (Administration) Sanjeev Kumar switched to blue beacon. Other officers are also slowly following suit.
Top officials of the Delhi Police have all along used blue beacons while the Jammu & Kashmir Police had already migrated to blue.
Speaking to Express, a senior police official confirmed that the switch, adding it was tentative as instruction from the government was awaited.